Fine and rare pair of large Louis XVI three light ormolu appliques. The “S”-form arms are decorated with acanthus leafage and originate on the sides from satyr head profile masks and in the center from a female mask. The flower filled vase shaped body terminates in oak leaves and tassels and is supported by a ribbon bow. The pieces have fine chasing and original gilding. [One arm on each, a satyr mask, and a break near a pair of tassels with welded repairs and consequent damage to the gilding.]
Attributed to François Rémond
Two pairs of sconces in the Louvre, also attributed to Rémond are illustrated as Numbers 83 and 84 in Gilt Bronzes in the Louvre, (Éditions Faton, 2004). No. 83 shares the satyr and female masks as well as the vase that surmounts the appliques. No. 84 shares the female mask, the vase and has identical arms. Both these pairs resemble sconces made for the Count d’Artois and for the Tuileries.
Ex Collection: Col. & Mme. Jacques Balsan.
Illustrated: Plates LXXIV & XCI in Prost Collection de Madame et du Colonel Balsan. (Paris, 1936)
Height - 30" (76.2cm) Width - 18" (45.7cm)